The Identity of the West

4 Emanuele Severino

The Identity of the West

€ 3.00
Friday 28 May 2010 9:00 pm
piazza del Duomo 3

After considering the myth as a remedy for death and sorrow, Severino will discuss the birth of the West, which he views as the most radical criticism of myth. He will address the Western tradition as the development of that remedy, which culminates in God, and is doomed to decline in its criticism by modernity. A modernity in which philosophical thought joins with the technical and scientific apparatus upon which the world rests and which today represents the genuine form of globalization, since technology is the pursuit of the indefinite growth of one’s power. In his talk, Professor Severino will try to expand our perspectives on identity beyond the West and to the whole planet.




Emanuele Severino (1929 is an Italian philosopher of world renown. He obtained his degree from the University of Pavia. Later on he taught at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, and from 1970 to 2001 at Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University, where he is now Professor Emeritus of Theoretical philosophy. He currently teaches Fundamental ontology at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, and is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei. His works are translated into many languages. Following are some of the latest: Oltre il linguaggio (1992); Tautót!s (1995); L’anello del ritorno (1999); Fondamento della contraddizione (2005); La tendenza fondamentale del nostro tempo (2008), all published by Adelphi; also, Immortalità e destino (2008); L’identità del destino (2009); Pensieri sul cristianesimo (2010); Macigni e spirito di gravità: riflessioni sullo stato attuale del mondo (2010), published by Rizzoli.

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